“With malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in, to bind up the nation’s wounds, to care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow and his orphan, to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace among ourselves and with all nations.” – Abraham Lincoln
There are a number of resources available for both the short and long term to help ease the stress involved with reintegration into civilian life. You are not alone. A recently released RAND study, shows that over a third of Service members from Iraq & Afghanistan suffer from PTS and Mild TBI. These are the signature wounds of these foreign wars. Please see below for a list of Alliance partners who may be able to provide you with service and support you need:
Critical Immediate Assistance:
Military Crisis Line
Safe Helpline – Sexual Assault Support for the DoD Community
PTSD and TBI Resources/Treatments:
- After Deployment – www.afterdeployment.org. This website provides “self care” solutions targeting Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Depression and other behavioral health challenges commonly faced after deployment. There are self assessment tools, videos and other resources for both veterans and family members. It is a joint effort between the Dept. of Defense, Veteran Affairs and civilian agencies.
- Alcoholics Anonymous – www.alcoholics-anonymous.org. Information on the AA 12 step programs and a path of healing tools and meetings available in your hometown. For people who are using alcohol to numb pain often associated with deployments, anxiety, depression, trauma and physical pain and that begins to negatively affect home, financial, work or social life.
- The Arms Forces – www.thearmsforces.org A new organization dedicated to educating and empowering those challenged with Traumatic Brain Injuries.
- Brain Injury Association of America – www.biausa.org Information about brain injuries and living with them for the injured, families and caregivers.
- Brain Line –www.brainline.org. Brainline is a national multimedia project offering information about preventing, treating and living with TBI.
- Citizen Soldier Support Centers –www.citizensoldiersupport.org. The Citizen Soldier Support Program (CSSP) is working to connect servicemembers and their families to primary health care and behavioral health providers trained to address issues that affect military members and the people who support our Nation’s troops before, during, and after deployment.
- Codependents Anonymous – www.coda.org. Information on Codependents Anonymous – for people who live with someone who is using any addictive substance or activity to numb or escape from pain and their use is negatively effecting their home, financial, work or social life.
- Cognitive Systems – www.Cog-Systems.com. An innovative treatment for mild traumatic brain injury and other neurological injuries that can be done from home.
- EEG Info – Neurobiofeedback Resources – www.eeginfo.com. for more information regarding how biofeedback may help with PTSD/TBI.
- EMDR – www.emdr.com, www.emdrhap or www.emdria.org Information about Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing and it’s healing potential for Trauma victims.
- Emotional Freedom Therapy – http://www.garythink.com/ Information on Emotional Field Therapy and it’s healing potential for Trauma victims.
- Health Journeys – www.healthjourneys.com. Resources by author Belleruth Naperstek for trauma. Invisible Heroes: Survivors of Trauma and How They Heal is an excellent book for PTSD/depression/anxiety and there are wonderful healing CD’s available.
- Make the Connection – http://maketheconnection.net/ Another new website launched by the VA that is easy to navigate and is loaded with some great information…we like it because it has a lot of similarity to ours:-) It’s called Make the Connection and has some really helpful resources and information about invisible wounds of war and how to identify, get help and understand them better.
- Medal of Honor Speak Out – www.MedalOfHonorSpeakOut.org. Our nation’s greatest heroes – Medal of Honor recipients – speak out to save lives by encouraging America’s military to seek help when adjusting to life after combat, particularly for post-traumatic stress (PTS).
- Narcotics Anonymous – www.na.org. Information on Narcotics Anonymous and the 12 step program and path of healing and meetings available in your home town. For people who are using any narcotics for other than prescribed reasons and have an addiction that is negatively effecting their home, financial, work or social life.
- PTSD Anonymous www.ptsdanonymous.org. “PTSDA: Veterans talking with veterans – you are not alone. A future network of local support groups.” – this site includes meeting guidelines, rules and facilitator tips adapted from a 12-step model, e.g., “For some, the experience of military trauma causes deep conflict in their spirituality and past relationship to a God or Higher Power.” The complementary version of a 12 step format is included.
- The Pathway Home www.thepathwayhome.org. A new private treatment concept for OEF/OIF veterans with PTSD. There is specific criteria for entry to determine that it is appropriate. The web site offers information and an application for those who meet the criteria.
- Real Warriors – www.realwarriors.net Real Warriors understands military families — they face real battles that call for real strength. The Veterans link has a nice list of coping and support tools.
- Restore Warriors – http://www.restorewarriors.org/ Restore Warriors is an anonymous website where real warriors share their personal stories, situations, and strategies for fellow warriors and their families to help themselves deal with real life, everyday issues related to combat stress, PTSD, and brain injuries.
- Return to Honor Workshop – www.returntohonorworkshop.com. The Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge offers 2 ½ -day training for those who have suffered from the emotional trauma of war – suggested for returning troops several months after their return from “theater”.
- Sidran Institute – http://www.sidran.org/ This is a comprehensive website dedicated to trauma recovery. Listed are resources and a help desk that can guide you to therapists or treatment centers that may be appropriate for your needs.
- Sierra Tucson Treatment Center – www.sierratucson.com. Private Psychiatric Treatment Center includes treatment for PTSD. May be insurance eligible.
- Soldiers Heart – http://www.soldiersheart.net/ Soldier’s Heart has created a unique and comprehensive model to address the emotional, moral, and spiritual needs of veterans, their families and communities. Their goal is to alleviate the symptoms of PTSD by developing a new and honorable warrior identity through storytelling, purification, community forgiveness and healing, and restitution as outlined in Edward Tick’s War and the Soul. In addition, they promote, train, and guide military, professional and community-based efforts to heal the effects of war.
- Sounds True Healing Resources – www.soundstrue.com. Audio, video and book store that embraces healing philosophies and techniques that are both ancient and contemporary.
- Survivors of Traumatic Events – Managing Your Stress –http://store.samhsa.gov/product/NMH05-0209PUNJABI This SAMSHA link gives stress prevention and management tips for dealing with the effects of trauma, mass violence, or terrorism. Lists tips to relieve stress, describes how to know when to seek professional help, and provides accompanying resources.
- The Tara Approach: Healing Shock and Trauma – www.tara-approach.com. Information on an energy healing process that can be helpful with trauma.
- Vets Journey Home www.vetsjourneyhome.org. A weekend healing process for veterans lead by veterans offering compassion and healing by welcoming veterans home. See You Tube video for more. informationhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2owSFJmdADA.
- Understanding PTSD Treatment – This pdf guide covers Treatment That Works, Myths About Treatment, Success Stories and Resources. Download:Understanding PTSD Treatment pdf guide
- Valley Hope Treatment Centers – www.valleyhope.com. Private Drug and Alcohol Treatment Centers in the mid-west that offer a variety of treatment options. May be insurance eligible.
- Vet Centers are designed to help combat veterans and their families. There are over 200 community locations and all that is needed is a DD 214 and you don’t have to be registered with the VA to get help. Locate the nearest Vet Center at www.va.gov/rcs.
- Women Organizing Women Veteran Advocacy www.vetwow.com. A resource for women who have military sexual trauma including advocacy and support with related PTSD.